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Aripeka redux…

On my way home from Cedar Lakes Woods the other day I happened to notice the turn off for Aripeka. I hadn’t thought of going there for the sunrise since I got back from the Tetons. It wasn’t the 6 months away that I first imagined when I began to think of myself as a snowbird, but you’d think I was away that long for how thoroughly my mind has remained somewhere in limbo since I got back. But when I checked the weather yesterday morning and rain was a possibility for all afternoon into Sunday off I went for the sunrise. The feature photo was my first stop, the first bridge that I arrive at when I approach Aripeka from the south. It was still dark so the three exposures for HDR seemed to take forever to finish, but that first shot is the feature photo. You should have heard the splash under the bridge as I stood there on top, waiting for the last exposure. It must have been a big fish, but at least I don’t still imagine an alligator that might, in my mind at least, creep up on me on the bridge and gnaw off my foot.

I then moved just up the road to the next bridge, where I can never resist taking an HDR photo of the little bait shop. Plus the possibility of seeing One-Foot Fred dawned on me also.

I moved back and forth across the bridge, loving the pretty sunrise and the reflections on the west wide of the road. I must have been lost in thought because the voice surprised me when I heard someone say that I could get a shot of One-Foot Fred. It was Ray, the guy I’ve talked with before, who said that Fred had followed him over to the bridge. I was happy to see Fred again, and it’s nice to have someone to chat with as well. Ray told me of a new spot to go for sunset pictures, and said the if anyone gives me a hard time for parking there I could say that I have permission, from Ray. LOL. I will check it out one day soon.

Ray said that Fredhad followed him to the bridge, and he would follow him home also, so I stopped by my car and shot long distance photos as he walked away. Use your imagination because, just as predicted, Fred is following him, he’s that gray blur just to the left of the telephone pole. Must have been time for breakfast…

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Believe it, or not…

You can’t believe everything you read. Or anything your weather app tells you about the weather, even the current weather, even the weather right outside your door. That that the sky outside the front door didn’t actually seem as clear as the app made it sound didn’t stop me from heading to Safety Harbor for the sunrise. It was supposed to be clear there also, but it wasn’t. And it was way too windy to be fun to be out taking pictures. Of course we did dodge not one but two hurricanes in my area of Florida today, so maybe I shouldn’t complain and just be grateful, and count my blessings, but not my calories. Not while I’m sitting home with nothing to do, which makes me want to bake, and eat…

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Pithlachascotee River sunrise…

Yesterday’s sunrise photos with lovely reflections in the water were probably due to the fact that the air was so still.  Which is what was also responsible for the no-see-ums being so unbearable, according to the gentleman I was talking with.  Today there was nice color from the nearby bridge I like to go to, but no reflections in the choppy surface of the water, and no no-see-ums.  If that’s what it takes to be bug free then that’s fine with me.  I was happy to see the color come up, and then it was time to get on with the rest of my day…06-17-20pithlascotiesunrise2

As 06-17-20taillightsAs I waited for the color to come up I got to thinking about seeing if I could get light trails from the cars that were whizzing past right behind me.  I should try that again.06-17-20lastone06-17-20closecolor06-17-20flag

 

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Rise and shine…

If only sewing counted as exercise. If it was I’d be in great shape.  As it is I’ve used the heat and/or rain as an excuse to do nothing.  Well, I have been sewing, and that’s good mental exercise at least.  I forget sometimes that we are supposed to be staying home, that it’s not just me being a slug.

This morning I got up before 4 AM and told myself that this would be the day I headed out for sunrise pictures.  To Safety Harbor where I would very likely find a few other early-riser photographers to talk and possibly have coffee with. With whom to talk and possibly have coffee, insert rolling eye emoji here.  And then, suddenly,  it was almost 6 AM.  I had gotten on my banking site and set my bills to be paid, I’d gotten on Pinterest and looked at whatever, I’d checked out Facebook, and put up a blog post.  But two hours worth?  So fly out the door and barely make it out to the nearby bridge for the sunrise, or head out the door and walk the 2.5 miles around the park while it was cool-ish?  I walked, I feel saintly, and I have to admit that it felt very good just to move!

Barring unforeseen circumstances I will be heading out to live up to my self-proclaimed title of ‘Snowbird’ that I have bestowed upon myself.  This after exactly one summer spent traipsing around New England.  This time I’m heading west, to the wide open spaces.  I’m excited, and nervous, especially when it dawned on me that I probably should try on the clothes I’m planning to pack before I get there and can’t get into them.  Did I mention that I’ve also been baking?  A lot?  Sigh…

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Sunset at home…

I talk myself out of going out for the sunrise lately.  Sunset too since it’s fairly late these days.  This morning I decided I would go out, but by the time I got out of the shower (it had been a while) and ready to go, with barely enough time to get there, I remembered that I had to get gas or I wouldn’t make it to Aripeka.  So decided to check on One-Foot Fred tomorrow and poured another cup of coffee instead.

That’s what makes the trip out back for the sunset such a lucky break for me.  I did the same thing last night, but with 20 minutes to go I grabbed my phone,  jumped in the car, and zipped to the lake at the back of the park.  Which is when the car started yelling at me to get gas.  But I made it in time to see the sunset, the reflection of the sky in the water, and the ripples.  I loved the zigzag-y reflection of the palm trees with the ripples.  I guess you don’t really need a fancy location when Mother Nature is in charge of the show.06-10-20homesunsetripples06-10-20homesunsetcolor

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Out-of-focus…

After a day of torrential rain yesterday I sat down at the computer with my cup of coffee intending to bring up a map of the US and work on a plan for getting out of here.  I’ve thought that the advantage of being on my own these days is that I can decide what I want to do, and when, and just do it.  When I was a kid my mother drove me nuts by suggesting we go someplace, the beach for example, and like any kid I’d be ready to jump in the car but she would have to make beds, do dishes, and pack a lunch first.  But these days I can get an inspiration and just head out the door, no one to consult, no one to point out all the reasons I shouldn’t do whatever the heck it is I might want to do.  But no one to talk things over with, debate the pros and cons, figure out priorities, and narrow things down either. 06-07-08fuzzyI may have gotten a sip of coffee in before I looked up and saw the nearly full moon shining in the sky above the curtains.  Not clearly, there were clouds drifting across the face, but that just makes for a better picture.  So out I raced to get the tripod out of the car, to get the camera set up, and get out front, in my pajamas and with bed-head firmly in place, and before I could get set up the moon disappeared behind a wall of clouds.  So I brought everything back into the house and sat and took another sip of coffee and looked up and saw that the moon was ‘out’ again.  And so I got myself out there again and rushed take five or so shots before it disappeared, permanently this time.

I have a feeling it’s going to be another out-of-focus sort of day.